The Living Wage and Bristol City Council

Statement to Cabinet  -  7th April 2015
We the under-signed wish to express our disappointment at the lack of commitment expressed in the paper on Living Wage accreditation which is before Cabinet. 
Bristol City Council is in a unique position to shape local employment opportunities, but to do so requires leadership.

Labour’s Local Manifesto Endorsed by Labour Front Bencher – Hilary Benn

Bristol’s Labour councillors used the opportunity of a visit to Bristol by Hilary Benn Labour’s Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government, to share their vision for our city.

“Having Hilary in the city is always very positive, and it was great to hear his endorsement for our plans, which have been developed by listening and talking with Labour Party members, and local people and organisations in the city.” said Bristol’s Labour Leader, Helen Holland.

A Fair Deal for Tenants in Bristol – says Labour

Labour councillors in Bristol are to demand that the Mayor directs his council officers to focus on improving living standards for the thousands of Bristol people who are in rented accommodation in the city.

“We want to see some positive action right now to improve the human cost of the housing crisis we face in Bristol,” says Cllr Margaret Hickman, Labour, Lawrence Hill.

Statistics show:

-           over 14,000 applicants on the Council’s HomeChoice waiting list,

Cuts to Bristol Libraries – Labour Reaction

“Most people feared that the Mayor’s consultation was a smokescreen for library cuts and closures and that’s the way it looks today. The proposed library closures across Bristol must be seen in the context of the huge cuts in funding suffered by Bristol City Council, through the ideologically driven austerity policies of the current Lib Dem / Tory government. It is ironic that Tory and Lib Dem Councillors here are now shouting to save their local libraries.

Labour’s Priorities are Not the Mayor’s Priorities (post Budget)

Bristol Labour councillors made big gains in the council budget this year winning support for extra spending on:

·         Libraries - £1.2m

·         Hartcliffe Way Recycling centre - £2m

·         Keeping the Diamond Card free bus pass for older people in Community Transport areas.

·         Increases to Council apprentices’ pay up from £2.80 to the Living Wage by stages.

·         Extra funding for Welfare Rights and Money Advice Service - £150,000

Labour's priorities are not the Mayor's priorities

Labour in Bristol have ripped up the Mayor’s proposals for spending extra cash, believing that totally different priorities are needed for some of the city’s most vulnerable, for reshaping libraries and to ensure that the Green Capital Year leaves a lasting legacy.

Keep Fast Food Takeaways Away from Schools – say Labour

Labour councillors are to ask that the Mayor intervene to stop a new fast food burger store being built on Fishponds Road.

Save Our Park Keepers – say Labour

Labour are backing park keepers as the Mayor looks to save £500,000 on maintaining our parks, green spaces and grass verges.

Bristol Housing Crisis – radical new approach needed


Bristol Housing Crisis – radical new approach needed - says Labour


Labour in Bristol say there needs to be a much more radical approach to the housing crisis the city faces.

Last year just 100 affordable homes were completed in the city even though there are 14,000 families on the housing waiting list.

No "legal barriers" to Living Wage say Labour

No “legal barriers” in the way of Bristol City Council becoming a Living Wage Accredited Employer – say Labour 
Bristol’s Mayor is to be challenged on his suggestion that there are legal barriers to getting full accreditation for the Council as a Living Wage Employer.


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